Aggregating Anemone, Anthropleura elegantissima

Aggregating Anenomone, Anthropleura elegantissima

Phylum Cnidaria Family Actiniidae

Habitat: Middle intertidal zone, tidepools of semi-protected rocky shores. Found in both bays and outer coasts.

Description: Generally cylinder shaped organisms with tentacles that protrude from its edges with a central mouth/anus. Has radial symmetry and as a cnidarian has nematocysts.

Distribution: Alaska to Baja California

Fun Fact: A Carnivore that feeds on copepods and other small copepods. Two types of unicellular algae (zooxanthellae) live within the tissues in a symbiotic relationship. This is how they get their green color.

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